bullrush wrote:NDOW has not taken over the operation, still under same agreement and will be for several years to come.
The Carson Lake and Pasture property is actually owned by the Bureau of Land Management but is operated as part of the Newlands Irrigation Project by the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR). NDOW manages some of the water flows (those directly associated with the wetland areas), manages marsh vegetation, public use facilities etc. through a Memorandum of Understanding with BOR. The Greenhead Gun Club administers the fee program (hunters are charged to hunt on the area) through an agreement with BOR. The cattle grazing program is administered by the Truckee Carson Irrigation District through an agreement that they have with BOR. Bottom line……it’s a very complicated arrangement but that’s how it is right now.
With that said, Public Law 101-618 was passed by Congress in 1990 and that authorizes the federal government to transfer the land in question to the State of Nevada (essentially NDOW) for management as a Wildlife Management Area. A short 22 years later, that has not been completed but the process is inching forward and hopefully that transfer will be completed while I’m still alive. If the transfer is completed, then all management of the property would be under NDOW’s authority.
I hope that answers your questions.
Habitat Division Chief
Nevada Department of Wildlife